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Trump's Desire for a Military Parade Reveals Him as a Would-Be Despot

09 February 2018, 05:16 | Damon Campbell

Trump tells Pentagon to plan military parade in Washington

President Donald Trump salutes as French President Emmanuel Macron his wife Brigitte Macron and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump watch the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris

The Pentagon is reviewing potential dates for the parade, as Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers told CNN the planning process is in its "infancy".

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis confirmed that Trump has called for a military parade, claiming it shows the president's "respect [and] fondness" for the armed services.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", Ms Sanders was quoted in Vanity Fair. She said Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that will allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.

Minutes before, Defense Secretary James Mattis had defended the commander in chief's directive to the Pentagon to plan a military parade in Washington akin to one held annually on Bastille Day in France.

Trump was on French President Emmanuel Macron's guest list on Bastille Day previous year, and praised the French military parade calling it "one of the greatest parades" he has witnessed.

The July 14 military parade has been seen as an opportunity for France's armed forces to present themselves to the French people.

If President Donald Trump wants a military parade, then he's going to have to find a way to pay for it.

Trump told Macron, who was seated next to him, "We're going to have to try to top it".

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The last time the Pentagon staged a big military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.we were celebrating the end of the first Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Other former military officials were concerned that the parade would be antithetical to the military's principles. But he says they'll be sent to the White House for a decision.

The Trump administration bulldozed ahead Wednesday with plans to throw a grand military parade on the president's request, ignoring bipartisan criticism that such a public demonstration of power is characteristic of authoritarian regimes like North Korea and China.

A "seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive", said officials at the Pentagon who met with the president January 18. "It's something the President is looking at, not just a way that he can, but that the entire country can come together and show support and honor our military".

Trump reminisced about watching France's Bastille Day military parade when he visited Paris in July.

The Washington, D.C. City Council - which is dominated by Democrats - mocked the idea of the city hosting a parade featuring military hardware.

"I don't think it's a particularly good idea", Kennedy told MSNBC Wednesday.

Critics have objected to the event's cost, likely to be in the millions.

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